Obama’s approval rating has never been as low as any of the past five Republican presidents
These are not the best of times for President Obama in terms of public satisfaction with the job he’s doing.
At this writing, his approval rating in Gallup’s three-day tracking poll is roughly even, with 47 percent disapproving while 45 percent give him thumbs up — a difference that falls within the poll’s margin of error.
That’s a far cry from Obama’s highest rating — 69 percent — which came during the early months of his presidency. But it’s somewhat better than his all-time low of 38 percent approval two years ago this month.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Obama’s Gallup ratings is that they’ve been fairly high all along considering the amount of vitriol aimed at him from the political right.
Despite all the Tea Party characterizations of him as a foreign-born, terrorist-loving, America-hating, Muslim usurper of the presidency, his approval ratings have never fallen as low as those for any of the last five Republican presidents.
In chronological order, here are the respective low numbers for those previous presidents: Richard Nixon, 24 percent; Gerald Ford, 37 percent; Ronald Reagan, 35 percent; George H.W. Bush, 29 percent; George W. Bush, 25 percent.